Popular Water-Related Recreations

Water covers approximately 71% of the earth’s surface, and the human body consists of 60% water. It’s normal that we are unconsciously pulled toward the liquid world. Water is an element that many of us have distanced ourselves over time, but luckily, you’ll be up for a pleasant surprise each time you make your way towards it. After all, water is known as the blood of the earth.

Spending some time by the ocean, sea, lake, rivers, estuaries, or even by a bond – there are tons of hidden benefits many of us aren’t totally aware of. Have a look at some of the most popular activities that can become beneficial for your mental and physical health.

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Water sports & other popular recreations

Although running, hiking and cycling have been one of the most popular outdoor recreations in the US, it is water sports that have seen steady growth in the past decade. More and more brands are entering the watersport market to offer innovative and great value products.

Water-related recreations can be categorized into three main groups:

  1. Fitness
  2. Transportation
  3. Leisure

Have a look at the list of recreations one can get into to fully enjoy the benefits of water.

  • Swimming
  • Coastal walking
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Canoeing
  • Angling
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Boating
  • Rowing
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving / Freediving
  • Cliff jumping / High diving

Activities in which the participant are submerged, or partly submerged

  • Swimming
  • Surfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Diving / Freediving

Activities recreated on a boat or a vessel

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Boating
  • Rowing

Water-related boardsports:

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Paddleboarding
  • Rowing
  • Surfing

Coastal activities

  • Coastal walking
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing

 

 

 

Popularity in the UK

Check out US stats below


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How many kayakers and canoers are there?

  • United States – 18 million (5.45% of the population)
  • UK – 170 000 kayakers (3% of the population)
  • Australia – 130 000 (0.5% of the population

How many paddleboarders are there?

  • United States – 4 million
  • UK – 1million / 1.49% of the population / 1.5 in every 100 persons goes paddleboarding.
  • Australia – Found only a survey to identify the median user.

 

 

 

Paddle-sport participants in the US


paddling statistics united states
220% increase in 10 years

Paddleboarding is one of the most popular recreations participated by first-time users. After the introduction and sudden popularity of inflatable paddle boards that allow basically anyone to get on the water, it has been one of the steadily growing trends.

 

 

 

Paddle Sports Market in the US


millions watersport
56% increase
  • 2019 SUP sales: 110 million
  • 2020 SUP sales: 172 million

 

 

 

SUP Market Value Increase


paddling value worldwide
101% increase in 5 years
  • 4.9 billion industry in 2015
  • 9.9 billion industry in 2020

 

 

 

UK – Surfing / Kitesurf / Windsurf / Bodyboard / SUP Surf


surfing in england statistics
In the UK

 

 

 

Groms surfing – from 451 000 in 2006 to 1,1 million by 2020


youth surfing habits
152% increase in 14 years

 

 

What can we say?

We are having a hard time inviting anyone to join the water sports community as it’s easy to oversell the benefits of what it brings. It opens new doors, and it is easily accessible. Whether you live inland, away from the seas – there’s always something one can get into. In most cases – you are not going to need a pair of crossbars, a carrier, or too much compartment space to enjoy the benefits of water.

About the author

Ermo J

I created Nulltuul to share my experience, knowledge, and analysis with other surf enthusiasts out there. If I'm not surfing on my travels, I like to photograph waves, surfers, and the surf lifestyle in general.

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